18 U.S.C. § 704 : US Code - Section 704: Military medals or decorations

      (a) In General. - Whoever knowingly wears, purchases, attempts to
    purchase, solicits for purchase, mails, ships, imports, exports,
    produces blank certificates of receipt for, manufactures, sells,
    attempts to sell, advertises for sale, trades, barters, or
    exchanges for anything of value any decoration or medal authorized
    by Congress for the armed forces of the United States, or any of
    the service medals or badges awarded to the members of such forces,
    or the ribbon, button, or rosette of any such badge, decoration or
    medal, or any colorable imitation thereof, except when authorized
    under regulations made pursuant to law, shall be fined under this
    title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.
      (b) False Claims About Receipt of Military Decorations or Medals.
    - Whoever falsely represents himself or herself, verbally or in
    writing, to have been awarded any decoration or medal authorized by
    Congress for the Armed Forces of the United States, any of the
    service medals or badges awarded to the members of such forces, the
    ribbon, button, or rosette of any such badge, decoration, or medal,
    or any colorable imitation of such item shall be fined under this
    title, imprisoned not more than six months, or both.
      (c) Enhanced Penalty for Offenses Involving Congressional Medal
    of Honor. - 
        (1) In general. - If a decoration or medal involved in an
      offense under subsection (a) or (b) is a Congressional Medal of
      Honor, in lieu of the punishment provided in that subsection, the
      offender shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more
      than 1 year, or both.
        (2) Congressional medal of honor defined. - In this subsection,
      the term "Congressional Medal of Honor" means - 
          (A) a medal of honor awarded under section 3741, 6241, or
        8741 of title 10 or section 491 of title 14;
          (B) a duplicate medal of honor issued under section 3754,
        6256, or 8754 of title 10 or section 504 of title 14; or
          (C) a replacement of a medal of honor provided under section
        3747, 6253, or 8747 of title 10 or section 501 of title 14.

      (d) Enhanced Penalty for Offenses Involving Certain Other Medals.
    - If a decoration or medal involved in an offense described in
    subsection (a) or (b) is a distinguished-service cross awarded
    under section 3742 of title 10, a Navy cross awarded under section
    6242 of title 10, an Air Force cross awarded under section 8742 of
    section 10, a silver star awarded under section 3746, 6244, or 8746
    of title 10, a Purple Heart awarded under section 1129 of title 10,
    or any replacement or duplicate medal for such medal as authorized
    by law, in lieu of the punishment provided in the applicable
    subsection, the offender shall be fined under this title,
    imprisoned not more than 1 year, or both.